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Comment Re:I hate it because it's terminally unfunny (Score 1) 232

The absence of a laugh track by itself does not alter how funny a performance is - it simply fakes its appeal by using social proof. For that I don't see how your analogy to MacBeth performed in flippers is comparable. There are sitcoms that are funny without the crutch of laugh tracks.

Comment Whac-a-Mole strategy wont work (Score 1) 331

The ad industry probably believes it can stop the growth of ad blocking by consigning the big ad blocking apps and hoping users either wont notice 'approved' ads creeping into their browsing experiencing or that they'll be too lazy to find a replacement. But this is not like changing the default search engine of a browser to increase search traffic - ad blocking users are a much more motivated group. Not to mention that waving greenmail in the front of AdBlock will only encourage other developers to create their own software to cash in on the largess.

Comment Microsoft looking for new ways to fail (Score 4, Insightful) 215

They're apparently not content with only failing miserably in new markets like smartphones - they're now finding ways to destroy their successful businesses as well. They should just sit on their hands and keep collecting their checks.

Comment "Ads hard to find because changed after approval" (Score 1) 106

In that case we'll all continue to run ad blockers until you guys are able to figure out which ads are good and which are bad. This fiasco should serve as motivation for the ad industry to start aggressively self-regulating, including funding action against rule breakers. They'll be the death of your industry if you allow them to continue.

Comment More clues that he's the muslim bubble boy (Score 0) 662

The more information that leaks the clearer it becomes that this was a planned hoax to achieve exactly the outcome that it did. To wit:

1) Ahmed claimed he invented the clock - now we know he simply repackaged it.
2) Mark Cuban on Bill Maher's show said that he spoke with multiple individuals in the school district (Cuban lives in Dallas) and they claimed that Ahmed took it upon himself to take his "invention" out of his bag in every one of his classes and it was only in the 6th class that a teacher became suspicious, in English clash.
3) That teacher repeatedly asked Ahmed to explain what his invention was and to put it away and Ahmed failed to engage and respond to the teacher.
4) Mark Cuban had a long conversation with Ahmed on the phone and said he could hear Ahmed's sister advising him how to respond to each of Marks' questions as he asked them
5) New stores leaking imply that Ahmed's parents are muslim activists, although there is weak confirmation of this.

Comment Re:Next year they'll find another switch (Score 1) 381

That's how the grant progress works - make a discovery, overstate its importance, collect the next grant, and repeat the process when the grant money runs out. As for evolution, throwing random insults at someone is the evolutionary equivalent of monkeys throwing their feces at each other.

Neutrinos are into physicists.